May 27

Wednesday, May 27th

Good morning, Good morning,

The Diocesan Priest and Seminarian Assignment changes came out yesterday. Our Transitional Deacon Candidate, John Paul Heisler, will leave us this coming Monday to take up his new duties at All Saints Parish, Manassas. He and his three classmates are scheduled to be ordained by Bishop Burbidge on Saturday June 13th.   With the current pandemic conditions, it will be a restricted number of people in attendance.  I will let you know when the camera codes are made available.  We will miss John Paul with this quick departure but we hope to have him back some weekend in the future so he can preach at a few of our Masses.

One of the great delights during the pandemic was having the seminarians in the rectory. They provided a wonderful noise that gave a little life to the place.  The laughter with Fr. Heisler, his nephew, and Caleb Magowan… was deafening some times. Each with their own levels of wit and wisdom to bring to the table.  And each are exceptional singers for the Liturgy of the Hours and daily Masses. I think the diocese would do well to put John Paul and a few others on the road like the Irish tenors to help to revitalize the hearts and souls of the diocese. He will be missed. 

We have yet to hear any news on a summer assignment for Caleb. He will be welcome with us if the Bishop would like to leave him.  Both he and John Paul offer a wonderful insight on the caliber of our future priests. May it be happy, healthy, and holy… with a little humor, I might add.

It is our full anticipation that, today, the governor will classify Loudoun County in the category of Phase One.  That said, let all prepare to enter the fast lane again.  Here is what to expect in the coming days.

We are going to back to the full Weekend Schedule. 

Confessions: Saturday  8-8:30AM, 3:30-4:30PM.  (In the Classrooms)

Saturday Masses: 9AM; 5PM

Sunday Masses:  7AM, 8:30AM, 10:30AM, 12:15 PM, and 5PM (No Confessions prior to Mass until we get further down the road with this pandemic.)

Modifications for the Weekend Schedules: (Vimeo Camera Coverage Continues)

  1. There will be no music for the Masses.
  2. Every other pew will be available for seating but please sit apart from each other.  Families may sit together. 50% occupancy.
  3. Masks are encouraged as we are still in the throes of the pandemic.  No gloves for Communion in the hand.
  4. Communion will be given by Fr. Heisler and myself, outside the front doors after Mass.  This will be done to avoid crowd movements in the church during the Mass. 
  5. All parishioners over 60 and/or those who have health concerns will continue to have the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass in Phase One.
  6. Due to the continued confessional construction program, the weekday Masses will continue to be closed until Monday, June 8th.  (This may be modified in the coming week.)  Please stay tuned.

Future Confessional for St. Francis De Sales

Future Modifications: 

  1.  On Monday June 8th we hope to move the daily Masses back to the Church.  The times will be: 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM.  Please note, some folks have asked to continue the 8AM Mass and others thought the previous time of a 9AM Mass more appealing.  So, we went with an 8:30AM.  The earlier time will affect those parents dropping off  kids for CHRSM and also provide greater options for funerals scheduled for 10AM; 11AM, and 12PM. 
  2. Confessions, In the Classrooms:  Wednesday nights:  8-8:30PM; Friday morning: 10:30- 11AM; in addition to Saturday confessions: 8-8:30AM;  3:30-4:30PM. When the confessionals are completed and we are up to Phase Three or Four we will have confessions in the church. 
  3. For the near future we would still like to hold off on all meetings involving large crowds.  The three active groups I am concerned for are the Knights of Columbus, That Man is you program, and the Youth Group. Age and health issues affect the first two groups. Proximity affects the last group.
  4. The Knights of Columbus will be allowed to have their leadership meetings as they only involve a handful of leaders in the council.
  5. Though we are early in the scheduling, we will need to review how the CCD/RCIA/CHRSM programs will proceed in the coming Fall semester.
  6. We need to discern a good time for the RCIA program to accept folks into the Church.
  7. We need to discern a date for Confirmation.
  8. We need to discern a time for the remainder of children receiving their First Holy Communions. 

A note from outside the Box.  Just released from the Vatican this morning.  Fellow Knights please take note of the miracle attributed to Fr. McGivney. 

Promulgation of Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, 27.05.2020

 On 26 May 2020, the Holy Father received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the decrees relating to:

– the miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed César de Bus, priest, founder of the Congregation of the Christian Doctrine Fathers (Doctrinaries); born on 3 February 1544 in Cavaillon, France, and died in Avignon, France, on 15 April 1607;

– the miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Charles de Foucauld (known as Charles of Jesus), diocesan priest; born in Strasbourg, France, on 15 September 1858 and died in Tamanrasset, Algeria, on 1 December 1916;

– the miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed María Domenica Mantovani, co-founder and first Superior General of the Institute of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family; born on 12 November 1862 in Castelletto di Brenzone, Italy, and died there on 2 February 1934;

– the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Michael McGivney, diocesan priest, founder of the Order of the Knights of Columbus; born on 12 August 1852 in Waterbury, United States of America, and died in Thomaston, United States of America, on 14 August 1890;



– the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Pauline-Marie Jaricot, founder of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and the Living Rosary Association, born on 22 July 1799 in Lyon, France, and died there on 9 January 1862;

– the martyrdom of the Servants of God Simèon Cardon and five companions, professed religious of the Cistercian Congregation of Casamari; killed in Casamari in hatred of the faith between 13 and 16 May 1799;

– the martyrdom of the Servant of God Cosma Spessotto (né Sante), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor; born on 28 January 1923 in Mansué, Italy, and killed in San Juan Nonualco, El Salvador, in hatred of the faith, on 14 June 1980;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Melchior-Marie de Marion Brésillac, titular bishop of Prusa, ex vicar apostolic of Coimbaore, founder of the African Mission Societies; born on 2 December 1813 in Castelnaudary, France, and died in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 25 June 1859.

One of the older fellas stopped by and joined me out in front of the rectory last night and spoke of his day on the links of the local country club.  He mentioned a bad habit that is prevalent in sports today, abusing the name of the Lord.  I was all over that comment as we used to have a priest, long ago, now deceased who would embarrass anyone within two or three T’s with this obscenities.  He could turn a stone blue.  Very very sad.  Well that is my throw to the Holy Name Society.

“The Society of the Holy Name, formally known as the Confraternity of the Most Holy Name of God and Jesus, is a Roman Catholic confraternity of the laity and is one of several which are under the care of the Dominican Order. It is open to all Catholic adults. The primary object of the society is to beget reverence for the Holy Name of God and Jesus Christ; it is also dedicated to making reparations, in particular, for blasphemyperjury and immorality.”

When I was a kid in grammar school the good Dominican Sisters taught us to always bow our head when we heard the name, “Jesus.”  I have been doing that for the better part of 55-60 years. 

You can look at the history of the Society above and it’s reference to 1274 and the Council of Lyon, France, encouraging folks to respect and appeal to the Holy Name of Jesus Christ.  They were fighting Albigensians in those days, a rather rigorous group that opposed any amorous displays for the loved ones… hence they died out quickly for… wait for it, …  wait for it… lack of children.  Go figure.

In the American experience the Holy Name Society was a New England version answering the crudities of the Irish in their abusive language demeaning the Lord’s Name and His Blessed Mother as well.  If someone cursed or used profanities you were encouraged to say out loud, “And Bless His Holy Name.”  

Well that brings me to the story of my great aunt, Helen McGonigal.  Poor dear great aunt, even in her younger and vibrant days was the worst driver on the South Side of Chicago. One day with a car loaded with my aunts and uncles she belted out onto Western Avenue without a care in the world and nearly set four lanes of cars into absolute panic.  They all remember the man screaming the expletive using the Lord’s name and Helen yelling back… “And Bless His Holy Name.”  No telling, how many times such a response was necessitated by her driving skills.  Let us all pray for one another.

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